Corin Barsily Goodwin, Executive Director
Corin Barsily Goodwin founded GHF in 2004 to address a growing need for support and advocacy. Prior to that, she served as the Gifted/Special Needs Advisor for the HomeSchool Association of California and co-chaired their Legislative Committee. She has been presenting workshops on giftedness, learning differences and homeschool related issues for many years. Her articles and papers have been seen in NAGC (US) Parenting for High Potential, 2e Newsletter, California Association for the Gifted’s Gifted Ed Communicator, the NAGC (UK) magazine, California HomeSchooler, SENG Update, Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism, and many other publications. Corin also serves on the SENG Editorial Board and the Advisory Board of the Asynchronous Scholars’ Fund, and is co-author with Mika Gustavson of Making the Choice: When Typical School Doesn’t Work for Your Atypical Child; Writing Your Own Script: A Parents' Role in the Gifted Child's Social Development; and a chapter in the brand new textbook, Interplay of Creativity and Giftedness in Science. She lives in Olympia, Washington, with her husband, her two 2e offspring, and an indeterminate number of cats.
Debbie Schwarzer, General Counsel
Debbie Schwarzer lives in the Bay Area with her husband and two gifted boys, who were educated outside of the traditional K-12 system their whole lives. Her oldest is starting at Pomona College in the Fall of 2014, and her youngest is combining work with tutors and community college classes for his last years before applying to college. Debbie helped co-found Gifted Homeschoolers Forum and has served on the Board and as General Counsel since its inception. She has been very active with the HomeSchool Association of California (HSC), previously serving on its Board and as its Legal Chair and head of the Legislative Committee. Debbie worked extensively on the In Re Rachel L case, a 2008 California appellate case which led to a finding that parents without credentials can legally teach their own. She played a major role in coordinating the efforts of state-wide and national homeschool groups and the law firms that were donating their time pro bono, including Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati, where she had previously been a partner. She's especially pleased that an amicus curiae brief that she co-wrote with two other homeschooling attorney parents for that case has been published as a law review article. The article argues that evidence shows that homeschooling produces educational and social outcomes as good as or superior to conventional schooling, with particular benefits for certain populations of children, including the gifted, and that legislative burdens on the right of parents to teach their own, such as regulation of curriculum, parent qualifications, or requiring oversight by credentialed teachers, are not supported by actual need and thus not likely to survive constitutional challenge. With the increasing independence of her teenage boys, she has returned to the working world as the general counsel of a Silicon Valley technology company working in machine-to-machine communications.
Anne Beneventi, Professionals Liaison
Anne Beneventi has had a passion for working with gifted children throughout her career. She taught for over 20 years and, during that time, co-founded Kaumeya International School in Alexandria, Egypt and Roeper West School for the Gifted in Berkeley, CA. In 1989, she began working with Annemarie Roeper, evaluating children for giftedness using the Annemarie Roeper Method of Qualitative Assessment (QA). In 2010, she was officially named Annemarie Roeper’s successor and the Director of the Annemarie Roeper Method of Qualitative Assessment and QA training program. Anne also co-founded and serves as the Director of Admissions for Helios New School for the Gifted, Community Advisor for the Summit Summer Camp for the Gifted, and Chair-Elect for the Global Awareness Network of the National Association for Gifted Children. Additionally, she is an Associate of the Gifted Development Center and is certified as a Parent Group Facilitator for SENG. In 2002, Anne founded Children Evolving, a private consultation service where she continues to support families, teachers and professionals of gifted children.
Eleen Kamas, Ph.D, Recording Secretary
Eleen Kamas earned a doctorate in Cognitive Psychology from Carnegie-Mellon University, where she studied learning and memory. She has been applying this knowledge and approach to learning ever since, including co-authoring a book chapter on the role of familiarity in cognitive processing and apaper on response bias. After teaching at the college level, her focus shifted to the education of her own children. Her interest in lifelong learning continues as she learns (or re-learns) along with her six children, who range in age from toddler to teen. She has been a part of GHF since its beginning, as a supporter, as staff, and, most recently, as a Board Member. She is also a member of a local Catholic homeschooling group, Regina Pacis, for which she serves as "Keeper of the List" (phone and email) and occasional Choir Director. In her copious spare time between shuttling children to their various classes and activities, she is an amateur radio operator (KF6SPE), she reads voraciously, crafts and scrapbooks, and has started taking dance classes. She sees herself as a catalyst, bringing together people and working behind the scenes to make things happen.
J. Marlow Schmauder, Treasurer
J. Marlow Schmauder is the founder and executive director of the Asynchronous Scholars’ Fund, a California-based startup nonprofit that aims to support the creativity, persistence and intellectual well-being of gifted, asynchronous children in need by providing aid for identification, in-depth learning and more. Her 20-year career spans the nonprofit, private, and US government sectors, with a specialization in strategic management, strategic change including rapid scale-ups and new program design, and building and navigating inter-sectoral relationships among diverse groups and organizations at all levels of domestic and international society. She has authored or collaborated on all of GHF's informational and outreach brochures. She is also a GHF Ambassador.
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